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Halloween with the WSO!

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Halloween with the WSO!

Weber‘s vivid depiction of demonic powers in the overture to his wildly popular opera Der Freischütz is also included in the program, along with a youthful work by one of the most successful alumni of the WNMF Composer Institute, Chinese-Canadian composer Roydon Tse.

WSO principal trombonist Steven Dyer performs a trombone concerto by Nino Rota–a composer known more for his film scores from movies like The Godfather, than his orchestral works. We’ll also hear a symphony by French composer Bizet written when he was just 17.


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Preconcert Chat:

RBC Assistant Conductor Naomi Woo sat down with Assistant Conductor Julian Pellicano at the Johann Hummel piano in the WSO offices to chat about the concert and what makes music ‘spooky’.


Julian Pellicano


Steven Dyer



Freischütz Overture

Carl Maria von Weber


Roydon Tse

Trombone Concerto

Nino Rota

Symphony No. 1

Georges Bizet

Get more acquainted


  • Roydon Tse’s Jest is a play on the word “gesture,” since a repeating four-note gesture pops up throughout the work. The motive was the inspiration behind the piece and was actually the activation ringtone on the composer’s cell phone for a few years.


  • Nino Rota’s Trombone Concerto in C was written by the Italian composer in 1966 for the trombonist Bruno Ferrari. This piece is considered one of the important trombone concertos in the classical repertoire.


  • Bizet’s first symphony may have been written when the composer was only 17, but don’t let that fool you. It’s so catchy, it could have been a Top 40 hit! Unfortunately it was not published or played – or even discussed – in his lifetime. It came to light nearly 60 years after the composer’s death when his first biographer found it covered in dust among other family possessions.

Oct 30, 2020 | 7:30 pm


Centennial Concert Hall, MB, Canada

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Approx 90 minutes with no intermission

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